SANTA ROSA -- A 23-year-old Pittsburg man who nearly drowned while swimming in the Russian River remained in the intensive care unit at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital Monday, authorities said.

The man, who has not been identified, was unconscious when bystanders at Summerhome Park beach in Forestville pulled him from the water on Sunday, authorities said.

A helicopter team patrolling the area was summoned to the beach at 2:54 p.m. The man was then airlifted to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

His condition was not immediately available, but Sgt. Ed Hoener of the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office said he was being treated for swallowing "a lot of water."

David DeBolt covers breaking news. Contact him at ddebolt@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/daviddebolt.



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